Joseph Prince - Give Me This Mountain
Well, how y'all doing, church? Good to see you all. At least greet three persons around you, amen. Encourage them, everyone needs encouragement regardless of how they appear outside, everyone needs encouragement. You'll be surprised that the most sanguine among us, the most optimistic people sometimes, they are the ones that need encouragement. Never feel like, you know, "I think, you know, I'll be embarrassed if it turn out to be". No, the word of encouragement, that's why prophecy, the gift of prophecy is to be, is to be exercised in the body of Christ above any other gift, even above the gift of healing. The Bible says rather that you prophesy, rather that you prophesy, amen.
Prophecy speaks to men unto edification, building them up, exhortation and comfort, drawing people close to God, amen, and comfort. Boy, we need comfort in this world, amen. Do you realize that the world out there, everything is about transaction, commerce, money? You are looked upon as you are here to give me a profit. You are here to increase my income. But somewhere there must be a place where we love each other, not because of what you can give, but because I love you, amen, you, you, I love you. And you know where you find that place? In the church, in the house of God, amen.
I know not every church experience has been in that along those lines around the world, but when God looks at the church, the church is the earth's last bastion of hope, amen. It's the only place that you'll find true love, real answers, heaven's cure for earthly cares, amen? So, here in the house of God is where you find not just God loving us, but us loving one another. And then another place where you find love and you know that people love you for who you are, is home, our families, amen. It should always be the place where when a child comes home, it's a place of refuge, it's a place of an oasis of love, an oasis where they know that they'll be accepted with all their mistakes.
So parents, do not turn your little homes, and some of you not so little, into another school. And please don't turn it into a principal's office, amen? It's a place of hope. They've got enough out there. Your husband has enough out there. When he comes home and you tell him, "You know, I always appreciate what you're doing for the family". Your words will sing in his heart. And during those moments when he thinks of you all by himself, you know, comparing you with other ladies who may look even more attractive in his workplace, those words you speak will sing, amen? They'll ride on eagle's wings into his heart and he will start thinking, "Yeah, you can see that lovely shell out there, but is she able to give the kind of word that my wife gives," amen? Your words will penetrate the hardest hearts, the crust of that heart will just break open when you say things like, "You know, you're a special man. You are truly a man to me," amen? Even a man like this will be like this, praise the Lord, amen.
All right, let's go right to Galatians chapter 4 for our study today in what the Lord has for us is gonna be exciting because I'm talking to God's children. I'm breaking the living bread and feeding you bite-sized, amen? And always remembering when you come to church, yes, no doubt we, we write down what we learn. We look at the references, but many a times we are taught that the Bible is for us to apply. You know in the Hebrew there is a word called pardes, from where the English derived the word paradise. Paradise usually is a location, a place, but pardes is the levels of interpretation in Hebrew of the Torah.
There is a Parashat, you know, which is a superficial reading. And then there is a rametz, which is the application which most churches, most people around the world when they study the Bible, they stop at the rametz level. But you go down all the way, the lowest is sod, the S, sod, S-O-D. It is the mysteries, it is the mysteries that is unfolded to us by the Holy Spirit, amen? And then there's a darash, there is a meaning behind those words that is not seen superficially, and that is in the areas of topology. And I shared the last time that whatever happened to the children of Israel in the past, by the way, you see that parades, amen?
Right, Parashat, rametz, darash, and sod, which is a secret. This, to me, is important because when we read the Bible if the Bible is just application, we study Joshua, you study Moses, then you think, okay, what did Moses do? Well, some of the things that he did was, was back then right and it was just, amen? He would destroy one person so that the rest will not be defiled, the rest will not be destroyed ultimately, right? We don't do that today, amen? We let the courts do that. The body of Christ operates on a different principle, the principle of grace. We are a heavenly people, amen. When someone does us wrong, we forgive.
Now, I'm not talking about people taking advantage of you financially and things like that where there is a court thing, a court case involved. But even then, let's resolve in the church. The Bible says it is sad when you go to unbelieving people, all right, to resolve your problems that you can resolve in the church. And then Paul makes out this statement that, you know, strips off the pride of all the Corinthian believers. He says that, "Is there no wise men among you? Is there no wise men in the church," amen? We can gather the wise men and we can resolve it. That's why we say whatever it is, whether you're contemplating divorce or whatever, don't go to the world, at least not to the world first.
There are wise men in the church. Sit down, amen. Even your husband is not willing. We got the wise men will know what to do, amen. In the multitude of counselors, there is safety. "Pastor, I asked advice from my sister and from my aunt, and from my best friend at work, and all that". I'm glad for them. God bless them, but the Bible says in a multitude of counselors. Counsel, the word "counsel" in the Bible there denotes wisdom. People who have a walk with God, people who hear God and who's able to give you Godly counsel, amen? So, in the multitude of counselors, there is victory. In other places it says there is safety, hallelujah. So, you find that in the house of God. Can have a good amen?
So, every time you come, listen, every time you come to the house of God, not only, you know, time of fellowship, but also just being in the house of God, there is an atmosphere, of course, it's the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Shekinah glory of God. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst," right? But then Jesus said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you". So, even individually, he never leaves us. So, why does he say, why then does he say, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst"? Why does he say that? There must be a special anointing where more than one gather together in his name. And he gives us, in his mercy, the smallest plurality for that kind of corporate anointing to be released, where two or three are gathered together.
So, there is something, even right now as I'm speaking, God is healing someone. You have a stomach condition. You've been having gastritis the whole day yesterday, came on and off. What I see is it coming on and off, and you still had it this morning. But the Lord is healing you right now. You sense like warmth all over your stomach, and God is healing you. And somebody else is being healed right now of a right shoulder condition. And if you move your shoulder up and down, you'll see that the Lord has touched you, the Lord has healed you. Do it right now, okay? As I give the Word, do it in Jesus's name, amen.
And by the way, I want you to just stand up. If I call your condition up, stand up. Okay, stand up in the presence of the Lord. The anointing is here to heal you, amen. All kinds of stomach conditions are being healed, all kinds, amen. Someone has just been healed of that gastritis and all kinds of condition is being healed right now. It's going down to the reproductive organs and things like that prostatitis, inflammation of your prostate. If that is you, stand to your feet. The Lord is healing you. The Lord's making you whole, amen. Obstruction in that area, stand up to your feet right now. God removes obstacles, amen. Not by might, not by power, but by his Spirit. In Jesus's name. Just stand to your feet in the name of Jesus, hallelujah. Thank you, Lord. Joints that are not working and knee condition, ankles, ankle joints, knee joints, shoulder joints, that your neck, all your joints that's not working, your fingers. Just stand to your feet right now and start moving that area, start moving that joint in Jesus's name. Start moving it right now, in Jesus's name. Thank you, Lord Jesus. We give you praise. We thank You, Lord.
Wasn't expecting this after I started preaching. We're talking about the Lord's presence in his house. He manifests. This is the manifestation of the Spirit. This is a demonstration of the Spirit. The Lord is healing you, sister. The one with the veil, shawl, right? God is healing you. And you've been having more than one condition. Is that true? And can you just call your condition? Because God is healing you in a mighty way. Okay, now move that elbow now. Move it, move it. What's happening? No pain at all. Praise the Lord. There's something else God is healing you of, your knee. Now, move that knee up and down. How is that? Praise the Lord.
More than one condition, the Lord can just sweep it a one go. You may be seated, sister. Thank you, Jesus. You may be seated. Thank you, Lord. Give the Lord praise and worship, people. He's manifesting his presence. All right, there's someone here, I see you're having problems sleeping because your back is hurting you. And when you turn around, I see you are jockeying for position that will give you relief. Who is that person? It's on the left side of your back, okay? Is that you, sir? And you've been trying to sleep? You've been having this for a few days? On off, okay. So, when you were struggling to sleep was it this morning? This morning, and you were trying to find a place to sleep. Did you sleep finally? You didn't sleep. Thank you for coming to church, amen, thank you for coming to church.
Father, in Jesus's name, Touch that condition right now, Father. Put it right in Jesus's name. Here it goes, that warmth that you feel coming to your back right now is the power of the Holy Spirit. Be healed, my brother, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be healed, amen. Now bend, bend, bend your back, move around, move around, bend your back. Is the pain still there? No pain. Praise the Lord. Now, you know something? Bend like this, bend upwards. How was it? Okay, praise the Lord. I'm gonna give you a revelation right now that I never, I've never shared, but I just learned this from the Lord.
Remain standing, the rest of you. God is healing you, adjusting you, removing growths, imparting what is lacking, hormonal imbalance. I'm seeing all this happening. He's adding or he's taking away or he's adjusting, restoring. I'm gonna share with you this, in all the offerings in the Old Testament, and also the animals, the sacrificial victims that are killed, it's a direct thing. There's a kind of a vein here that when you slice it, they die almost instantaneously they're unconscious, they die. It's very humane way of killing the animal. And the Jewish people observed this very carefully. So, that's true. And then they put them on the cross, or the spike, or the altar of burnt offering.
That's how they kill the sacrificial victims in the Old Testament is either the man who was a sinner that gets killed, or his lamb, but he brings in the lamb and he lays his hands on the lamb, and the lamb is killed. Because when he lays his hands on the lamb, all his sins are imparted to the lamb so the lamb becomes liable for his sins. So, that's a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen? Then the lamb is put on the altar after the lamb is killed. I said all that to tell you this, but why is it the animals would never tortured in the Old Testament, they were put to death? For the sins of the offer as a sin offering. But why is it Jesus went through such torture before he went to the cross? He was beaten. He was scourged. Literally he was tortured before he went to the cross.
So, we know that he's the fulfillment of all the sacrifices, the five offerings of Leviticus. But in the five offerings, all the animals are killed in a humane way, but our Lord went through terrible beatings and scourgings, why? That is not fulfilling any type in the Old Testament of any of the five offerings. I should say four offerings because the fifth one has no blood, it's the meal offering. One of them has no, no blood, it's the meal offering, flower offering, the grain offering. But Jesus went through torture that you might know by his stripes. There was an extra that he went through. He was beaten, amen? That sister that got healed just now, it was paid for 2,000 years ago through his beating. So, right now all of you who are standing, many of you already healed in Jesus's name.
Those of you with joint conditions, move your joints right now. Move your neck, move your ankle. Wherever your problem is, move it right now in Jesus's name, those of you who are standing. And if no pain has left you, if there's still a bit of pain, just keep on moving that area, amen? Thirtyfold, sixty-fold, a hundredfold in Jesus's name. Grant them that, Lord. Now if pain is gone, those of you, I know not everyone who's standing has a joint condition. But if you are that person and the pain is gone, do a big like this so that from far they can see you, okay? Just wave, pain is gone, the pain is gone. All right, pain is gone. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Look at all these precious people. Thank you, Lord. Yeah, way up there, don't forget those up there. All right, camera one more time, just wave. Out there, wave, wave all of you out there near heaven. Okay, all of your wave, praise the Lord. Come on, church, hallelujah. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
And the rest of you receive your healing right now from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. Father in heaven, I release into their bodies, Lord, that healing virtue that was purchased by the stripes falling on Jesus's back. By his stripes, you are healed. Be healed in Jesus's name. That power goes into your body right now effecting a cure in that organ, in that function, in Jesus's name. Receive it right now, amen, amen. I know some conditions you can't tell until sometime later or after the doctors have verified, but please do write to the church and let us know. But if you know right now, you know that pain has left your body, or you don't have that fever anymore, or the pain in your stomach is gone, all right, just do a big wave one more time to the glory of God.
Look around you, people. Look around you. Come on, look around you. Look at all these precious people, amen? And what God is doing here, he's doing also in all the different satellite venues that is watching right now in all the different locations, MBS and all the different places in great world. Hallelujah, thank you, Jesus. In Jesus's name and all the people said, amen. You may be seated. Thank you, Lord. All right, we took some time for that, and I didn't plan for that, okay? What was I? This is the Lord's service, amen? If it's the Lord's house, I am not the boss, amen. He is the chief shepherd and if he wants to call the shots, let him do it, amen. And just because you sat down does not mean the Lord has stopped working, amen. The Lord is still working in your bodies, in your life.
You know, the Lord loves to work. In the four gospels, you find that the gospel of Mark portrays our Lord Jesus as a worker, a divine worker. So, the symbol of Mark is the ox, untiring, amen, strong to labor. The four faces of the cherubim is the four faces of Jesus and in the four gospels. So, Mark is that strong ox. It opens up with no genealogy. You don't ask a servant for his pedigree, amen? It starts immediately. And I've done a preaching on this on chapter 1. Immediately, it says, immediately, and not his old English, immediately, immediately, immediately, straightaway, straightaway, straightaway, and for with, for with, forthwith, straightaway, immediately. It's always work, work, work.
After one work is done, another work of miracle, another work of restoration, another work of bringing joy, the divine worker is always working. And you know how? That's how it opens, you know how it ends, the gospel of Mark? Like this, "And the disciples went everywhere". The Lord working with them, confirming the Word with signs following, even though in heaven, he's still working. Isn't he wonderful?
Isn't he wonderful? Isn't he wonderful? Isn't Jesus my Lord wonderful? Eyes have seen ears have heard, It's reordered in God's Word, Isn't Jesus my Lord? His name is wonderful.
Yeah, his name. One of his names is wonderful. And in Hebrew, you'll be surprised it is actually the name Pele. Pele got her name from there. All right, it's Pele. Pele is wonder working, miracle, it means the miracle one, the miracle worker, wonderful, has ideas and connotations of miracles, wonder-working miracles, wonder-working Savior, producing the wonders. That's why in the gospel of Matthew, which is portraying him as the King of the Jews, it has the genealogy. But because it's a gospel of kinship, the genealogy of Jesus doesn't go all the way to Adam, the man, the first man. It goes all the way to Abraham who was first promised that his seed will be kings, kings will come forth. But in the gospel of Luke, the gospel of Jesus as the man, the Son of Man, it goes all the way to Adam, the first man. And in the gospel of John, there's no genealogy, why? Because the gospel of John portrays Jesus as the Son of God, deity.
That's why there's no genealogy as if he has no father, no mother, and we know his earthly father is not his father, amen? He was born of a virgin. Then you have this statement in the first, very first verse of John, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us". Hallelujah. Why did he come? Well, today, I'm gonna share with you why he came, and it's gonna bring joy to your heart because all of you just enjoy something that I'm about to preach, amen? Did y'all like that, the revelation about the fact that he had something, he did something that no other sacrificial victim went through, all the animals? Do you love him for that, amen?
In Galatians 4 it says, "The heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he's master of all, but it's under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the Father".
I want to share with you a very interesting story of inheritance, and it goes like this, it's a true story. A homeless man supposed to be living on the streets of Santa Cruz, de la Sierra in Bolivia, fled police, a homeless man, fled from the police who were bringing him news of a $6 million inheritance. He was a homeless man and when he saw the police coming, he fled but the police were coming to tell him that he has a $6 million inheritance. This happened in Bolivia. Thomas Martinez, 67-years-old, apparently thought the police were about to arrest him for his alcohol and drug habits. The man disappeared without a trace causing Bolivian newspapers to speak of him in 2000 as a new millionaire paradoxically not knowing his fortune. The inheritance came to Mr. Martinez from his ex-wife Inez Gagardo Oliverez who inherited the money herself from family members. She evidently did not blame him for leaving her several years ago.
At the point of this story being released, the man has not yet been found. I did think whether he knew about it, but don't want to go back to her, or I don't know anyway. You'll get it some of you. Anyway, but the thing is, is it possible that you see a police, an authority figure and unfortunately a lot of people see God as an authority figure. But the authorities, in this case, the police were not coming to him to find fault with him, to indict him for a crime, or to do to arrest him for a crime, all right? The courts will do the indictment. But the thing is that when he saw them, he fled. How many believers are like that? The moment God comes near them, they flee when God wants to give his inheritance, all that he is to them.
It's sad because you see this happening in the body of Christ. And yet, the Word I hear in my spirit is that there's so much land yet to be possessed. There is so much land yet to be possessed, and we are not possessing our possessions. So, here it says the heir, as long as he's a child, does not defer at all from a slave. So, you know, a slave, in fact, can drive the master's car but an heir, the true heir, as long as it's a child, and the word child here is the nepios in the Greek, which means an infant child, he cannot drive his father's car, why? He's a child, amen? Not because he's bad, he's a child. So, it says he's under guardians and stewards. Next verse, "Even so we". Now, "we" here refers to the Jewish people. Paul is saying, "Even we, when we were children, when we were nepios, when we were infants".
He was referring to the time in the Old Testament, the time of Moses, the time of the crossing of the Red Sea, the times when they were at the Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. They were nepios, they were children. Even though they were like children of God, you know, the Bible does describe the children of Israel as much my, "Out of Egypt have I called my child". So, but the real born-again ones is all of us today. Even the Jew has to be born again. But in a sense, they will nepios and that's why they have a ritual by which they adopt their own born, birthed son. It's their own birth son is their flesh and blood.
We think of adoption as adopting somebody else, but not your flesh and blood, amen, to become your son. But in the Jewish mind when they have Bar Mitzvah, it is their flesh and blood being ordained or being adopted as a son of the law. Bar, which means son, mitzvah, the law, son of the law. From then on, he will participate as an adult in all the Jewish activities. From then on, he's seen as an adult. From then on, he can marry at the age of 13 for a male, age of 12 for a female, Bar Mitzvah. So, they have this ritual. Likewise, Israel were children. They need to be born again to become sons. Are you with me so far?
So, what happened was this, the Bible says when the fullness, "Even so, when we were children, nepios, we were in bondage under the elements of the world. The word "elements" here, please don't think of the hurricane, the typhoon, the sun, the moon, the stars, and all that. Think of it as the word stacheon here on here as rules and regulations. We were under the rules and regulation. Literally stacheon has the word, the the ABC's of language, the very first beginnings, amen? That's the Ten Commandments and we think of the Ten Commandments, studying the Ten Commandments as something deep when actually, it is the ABC's, amen, of Israel. So, they were under the ABCs. And but when the fullness of the chronos, the time had come, when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman born under the law, to redeem those who are under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. You see that?
Now, don't let the word "adoption as sons" throw you off that we are not really sons, but God adopt us as sons. No, the Bible says we are born of God. Just like Bar Mitzvah, they think their own flesh and blood and they go through a ritual of Bar Mitzvah where they become sons. They are no more a child, they are now sons. And, in fact, the word "adoption" is not there in the Bible. It is actually one word huios, which is son, huiostasea, which means placing as son, a son placement, amen. We are now sons. We are normal children.
In fact, all those of you who are born again last week at the youth rally, amen, you are now sons of God. There is a growth spiritually, I know that, I understand that. But in the context of Galatians, it's not talking about spiritual growth. Spiritual growth you find in the epistles of John, but here it's talking about growth, amen, growth. Just like in the Book of Hebrews, all the word sanctification, sanctify there is not referring to your experiential holiness, experiential sanctification, that is true that is found in Peter. But in Hebrews, sanctification is always positional. Are you listening? Are you listening? So likewise, here the moment you are born again, you're a son. You can take the car. It's all yours, whatever you want. Turn to your neighbor, smile, even you're a lady and say, "I'm a son of God". That's how God sees you. You're sons. Can I have a good amen, amen?
And drop down. It says here, "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out, 'Abba, Father!' And therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son. And if a son, then an heir of God through Christ". This spirit of his son is very important because people are trying to bring us back to praying prayer with a wrong spirit. They're praying to God. You can pray to God, even you can call God El Shaddai. I got no problem with that. You can call God Elohim, I got no problem with that. I teach the names of God. But the name that Jesus came to reveal is Father. When you come to God and you say, "Father," now you're in the right spirit.
Jesus taught the disciples the Lord's Prayer, and I'm sure that ever since on the Sermon on the Mount when he taught them the Lord's Prayer, they've been praying the Lord's Prayer every single day. Because he said, "Lord, teach me how to pray". All right, the Lord taught them how to pray. Are you listening, right? But then in the upper room Jesus says, "Up till now, you have asked nothing in my name". But they've cast out demons in his name. They have done amazing miracles in his name. But Jesus, what does Jesus mean when he say, "Up till now, you have asked nothing in my name. Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you".
What does he mean by that? In that day, you will ask me nothing. Whatever you ask the Father. Obviously, he's talking about a new kind of prayer, which I don't have time to do in this particular service. But just let you know that with every dispensation, even the prayers change. The way you pray is very important. You want God to answer you today. If I'm in Elijah's time, I'll pray like this, "Oh, Lord God of Abraham, amen, of Isaac, and of Jacob". And I see Christians praying that way, either to impress other people or to let people think that they love Israel. You don't have to do that to tell people you love Israel, amen?
It's okay to pray once a while God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob but honestly, if you pray that in a spirit of the Old Testament, your prayers won't be answered even though you're praying to the true God, why? God wants us to know we are his children, and he is Father, and the Spirit of his Son must come forth when we pray. Are you listening? People are trying to get present-day blessings in the new covenant with an Old Testament spirit of slavery. You can't and that slavery there is from fear of God, the context, very clear. Sons and daughters of God. When you call God, what do you call God? Father. And Jesus says, "I've kept them through thy name. I've revealed to them your name. I've given them your name. Keep through your name".
So, the more we talk about the Father, it's a protection for us, amen. It will give a sense of family, a sense of love, the Father and all his wonderful family, amen. I forgive you because you are family. Are you listening? Now, the church wants to inherit, it's all about inheritance. It's all about inheritance, here the heir, you know, and it says, you're no longer a slave a son. Then an heir of God, you see it's all about inheritance. The devil does not want you to learn all this about grace and all that in the spirit of sonship because it's all about inheritance. He wants, he wants to control the earth. He wants to control the affairs of the world. He wants to govern the affairs of the world. That has been his ambition from the start to be like God, and to rule over the earth. But now, God is making all of you heirs of God. It's all of us sonship. Now, what happened just now was that some people receive healing. That's part of your inheritance. Are you listening?
There's something very interesting. Years ago, I used to study things and I used to study, you know, I asked questions nobody asked. And I studied things that people don't bother about. Many years after that, I find that the questions I asked and I found the answers to, God is bringing up at the right time, you know, and when questions asked. One of the things is this, Joshua and Caleb, we see these two types being compared all the time, by the way, in Hebrews, you all saw the order, Gideon and Barak, right? And all the, how come it's not chronologically correct, amen? And the Holy Spirit put it on purpose. I won't be sharing that today, but I just let you know that there are two types of Christians.
There are two types of Christians. Number one, you have Abraham, a man of faith. You have Lot, and you know the Bible calls Lot even Lot, L-O-T, his nephew Lot is a lot of trouble. You know, God calls him righteous. Say, righteous. Not just Abraham is righteous, all right, both of them righteous by faith. Even Lot is righteous. The Bible says that righteous man who vex his righteous soul. God calls him righteous. He's righteous by faith, definitely by faith, amen, and so is Abraham. Abraham's righteous by faith. But one was defeated, one was victorious. When the fires came to destroy, it destroyed everything that Lot had because Lot was in the wrong place. But when the fires came, Abraham saw from the high mountain with crisp, clear air, having fellowship with God, looking at the judgment, but having fellowship with God. He was on a mountain, amen.
Lot lost his wife. In a sense, he lost his two daughters. He had no sons, two daughters, because they thought it was the end of the world, so they conspired to sleep with him, and they produced children by the father, and the children took the two kids became the father of the Moabites and the Ammonites. So, here you go. He lost everything, lost his family life, lost his wife literally, became a pillar of salt and all because he's righteous, but he was worldly. He practiced the worldly things, and it wasn't God punished him for worldliness. When God's judgment came on the world, he was there.
There are some things we don't touch. Personally, I will never expose my son to Harry Potter's stuff. I will never allow him to say those, those incantations. I will never touch new-age stuff. You're looking at someone who was steeped in it before he was a Christian. I know what they believe in, I practice it. I know the ideas of promises of power, and it's all empty. I found the true power. His name is Jesus, the power of God and the wisdom of God, amen? So, I'm telling you now they're trying to get your children to believe, to believe new-age stuff. Be careful, you know, if something is, you know, like symbols of evil, don't bring it into your house and don't wonder you got nightmare.
"But Pastor Prince, we can't be possessed". You can't be possessed, yes, I agree. Every true born-again believer has the Holy Spirit, but you can be attacked from outside, amen? Perhaps there's some things you brought into your house. So anyway, that is just extra and you know when it's in your house. You will sense it in your spirit. Don't bring the junk into your house. Yeah. Guys, do not, do not, do not allow porn to come into your house. I'll tell you right now, if you allow porn to come to your house, whether it's through the computer or through your hardback or whatever, you are, you're bound to bring a lot of disharmony, a lot of chaos, a lot of strife, a lot of problems in your family. And you will think it's your wife, and you will think it's your husband. No, it is that porn. I don't know why I'm saying this but anyway, back to inheritance.
So, one of the questions I was asking is this, I read this in Joshua 11. Look at Joshua 11 last verse. "So, Joshua took the whole land". Now, it's the wrong story, okay. Joshua invaded the land, amen, conquered all the way from Jericho, conquered one land after another. There's one place called Hazor where Joshua burned down Hazor. When you go to Israel the next time, one of the places you must go is Hazor. You go you go to Hazor, you'll literally walk into the palace of the king of Hazor. And it's left as it is. It's left as it is. But you can see the layers of ash, the black layers, am I right? We were there, right? Layers of ash all around. Just touch the layer of ash and just imagine you're touching the level of Joshua. Joshua burned down the city of Hazor, so one city after another he conquered, amen?
And these are people that stood in God's Promised Land. They are squatters in the land, amen. They are trying to promote their gods, amen, against the God of Israel and God had them all removed for the true owners to possess the land because the land belongs to God, so one after another. Then finally it came to this it says, "So Joshua took the whole end, according to all that the Lord had said to Moses, and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to the divisions by their tribes. Then the land rested from war". The land rested from war. Say it again. One more time, the land rested from war. So, keep that in mind. No more war, right? The land rested from war. But then this is chapter 11.
Look at chapter 13. "Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to Joshua, 'You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.'" "Joshua, you are old". By the way, Joshua died at 110. When God said this to him, he was 92 years old. And God said to him, "You're old, advanced in years and there remains yet very much land to be possessed. So, is this a contradiction? The Bible says the land rested from war. Joshua took the land. The land rested from war and yet there's very much land yet to be possessed. Very simple, look up here It's one thing to do warfare, it's another thing to get what you fought for, but never possessing it. You fought for it, but you don't possess it.
There's a verse I remember in Proverbs that says, "The slothful, or the lazy man, does not roast what he takes in hunting". He hunts for it. He plans for it. He finds the deer, he shoots the arrow. The deer falls, he goes to the deer. He, you know, cuts in pieces for his family to eat, takes the coat to wear and things like that. But did he do all that? Did he cook for his family? Did he cut off the coat and all that? No, he took it, brought it back to his barn and let it rot, why? Too lazy. Slothful man does not roast what he takes in hunting. How many people buy CDs and books, and never read them or hear them? The Bible says only one reason. You say, "no time," God says, "no, slothful". does not. You don't meditate on what you have received. Yeah, you take down notes.
Now there's even an official Joseph Prince notes. You take down notes, take down notes, you got books, a lot of notes. But it's not a matter of, you know, "I swallow everything at the restaurant. It's a five-star restaurant. I'm telling the food is so good, I swallowed them up". It's not a matter of swallowing them up. It's a matter of savoring bite by bite. That, my friend, is enjoying food. You meditate, masticate, amen, chew. Let your tongue feel it. It's the wrong time to tell you all this about lunch. You know, just let the umami flavors sink in, right? You feel it at the back of your tongue, the front of your tongue, you know? That's an experience and God gave you a tongue.
Why did God give you a tongue? God can give us plain, just a tongue with just plain taste. One taste nobody will complain because nobody would know otherwise. It'll be that normal will become normal, but God gave you different varieties kind of taste, varied taste, very gated taste, right, because he loves you. He wants you to enjoy life. The Bible, there's a verse that says God gives us richly all things to enjoy, but not to abuse, not to be immoral, amen. Even producing a child, God gives you enjoyment, right? At the point of greatest enjoyment, a child is formed. But not to take that and almost like insult God and go to find other women and more and more women, you are abusing what God gave. The world cannot create. God created sex.
Now, from inheritance, I come to sex already. So, it's very interesting, okay? At the point of greatest pleasure, a child is formed. God could have made it such and nobody will know the difference, all right? You go to go somewhere, must climb first the highest mountain before you can produce a child. You want a child? Climb the highest mountain. You said, "I can't take it". Then exercise down here until you can climb. But when you reach down there, husband and wife face each other, all right? This is how you have a child, slap each other ten times, right? You wouldn't know the difference because that will be a normal then. Now you know that's abnormal, that's weird, because normal has become normal. But who's to tell you what's normal? Thank God, God gives us all things to enjoy. Let's honor him. By the way, those who abused it never really enjoy.
All right, from another partner to animals and on and on. You know, it's all kinds of perversion, why? They cannot find that level again. Only God can give you that, amen. Like drugs, it's like drugs. You take sleeping pills all the time, the quality, yeah, you sleep. Actually, you knock yourself off, but you don't sleep. And that's why when you wake up, you're still tired. But when you sleep God's way, claiming his promise, he gives his beloved sleep. You sleep and you wake up, you feel rested, amen? So, drugs, man's manufactured way of trying to produce results in your body, cannot compare with God. Now, if you're under medication, the doctors advised you, that's a different thing. But you are medicating yourself, getting drugs from somewhere, I'm talking to you. It will never be as good.
Sounds good at first, it always sounds good at first, "But nobody gets too much heaven no more, It's much harder to come by, I'm waiting in line". You know that old hymn? All right, folks, no, listen, you'll never get that place, unless you stop the addiction in Jesus's name. Receive from the Lord, you'll never reach that place until you stop. Only God can give you true satisfaction and that applies to everything in life. Okay, I don't know who needed that, but that was good. Praise God. Let's come back to this again. So, there remains very much land to be possessed. So, it's one thing about conquering and conquering. Joshua's job was to conquer and conquer and conquer. But finally, he has conquered everything, right, and that was in Joshua 11. From Joshua 11 it says the land rested. You don't find from Joshua 11 from Joshua 11, you don't find Joshua conquering anymore. That was the last in the Book of Joshua. No, no more conquering, okay? Yet in this chapter, three chapters after God says, "There remains very much land to be possessed".
Now, what is God saying? He's not saying conquer to get more land. He's saying, right now you're not possessing what you have conquered. The Hebrew there is yarosh, which is heir, the word heir, inherit, possess. We're not possessing what we have fought for. We're not enjoying our possessions. It is ours! Are you listening? I, mean there are groups of Christians today fighting against a group of Christians saying, "Well, no such thing as praying in tongues. No such things as healing and things like that. I mean, what's the point? Jesus died. Why did he go through all the extra that other lambs down through Jewish history has never gone through? He went to the extra before the cross, why? And then we squander the inheritance by fighting over it. It's all about inheritance.
Esau was rejected because of him despising the inheritance. God is saying there's very much more land to be possessed. In other words, yarosh, inheritance, you're not taking your inheritance. How do I do it? Same chapter, verse 6. God, in fact, from verse 1, all the way down, verse 2, verse 3, God lists all the areas where the squatters came back. The land has been conquered by Israel but the squatters are back. The squatters are in the land, land that belongs to God's people. And yet, no one is possessing the land. Always remember when you don't possess, don't think it remains the same. The enemy steps in. You don't teach your children the right things, the enemy steps in. Whether it's through school friends, whether it's through TV, they will, you know, nature abhors a vacuum. They will try to fill in something unless we tell our children the right things that's there already, nothing can come in.
Don't think for one moment, if parents treat church, attending church as optional, don't be surprised one day your kids treat Jesus as irrelevant. So, God's advice was this, in verse 6, same chapter after he told Joshua there's many much more land to be possessed. Then all these people that are squatters, "I will drive out from before the children of Israel, only divided by Lot to Israel as an inheritance". Get your lot, get your portion. Now, from here on, it does not mean there is no more fighting involved. But the fighting is a fight of faith. In other words, it's not fight to get land, it's fight to possess what is yours. It's called fight the good fight of faith. Are you with me? Now, I'm gonna give something a revelation. Are y'all ready for this?
Now, this revelation is gonna, if it's okay with you, some of you, you look very, very young even though I know your age. So, this revelation is gonna make you look younger and feel younger. Are you okay with that? Because my time is catching up, so I might not be able to give you this revelation. I may put it into official Joseph Prince, but I'm not too sure whether I can because of time. I want to go slow, okay? And this is the thing, Joshua, verse 1 again, back to verse 1, same chapter. "Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him, 'You are all old, advanced in years and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.'"
However, there is someone who is very close to Joshua. Actually, he's also advanced in years, but he never grew old. Who is that? Who is that? Caleb, remember Joshua and Caleb? Joshua and Caleb went into the Promised Land to spy out the land with all the other leaders of the tribes, and they are the only two ones that came back and said, "The land that God gives us," in our English Bible, "is an exceeding good land". In the Hebrew literally it's a repeat. Is a very, very good land. I don't care how many spies says it's a difficult land, a land that devours its inhabitants, there are giants in the land. I don't care but all these evil reports. As far as I'm concerned, if God gives the land to me, God loves me and it's a very, very good land because it's from God. Your inheritance, child of God, is very, very good, very, very good, amen?
So Caleb, on the other hand, he was a contemporary of Joshua. They were both very close, about the same age, amen, seven years apart. They are both, you will say in today's vernacular, they are aged men, right, old men. And yet, Joshua is growing old. In other words, something about... I'm gonna give you a secret right now. If you're always, your life is always fighting and fighting and stress, being stressed out, being stressed out and fighting and fighting and being stressed out, being stressed out instead of the rest of faith, you will wear out real fast. So, what's the secret of Caleb? Let's find his secret, shall we? This chapter 13, right? Now, God won't just discourage you with chapter 13. He's gonna show you the secret in chapter 14. Chapter 14 is where Caleb says to Joshua, says to Joshua, "Today I'm 85 years old, and I'm as strong today as I was 45 years ago". Would you like to see it? And let's see his secret, okay?
Okay, let's go to Joshua 14. "Then the children of Judah", Caleb is from Judah. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah. "Came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him," and Caleb spoke these words to Joshua, "You know the word which the Lord said". Stop, the very first word that came out of Caleb's mouth is, "You know the Word which God spoke. You know the Word which the Lord said. You know the Word which the Lord said". Many children of God do not know what the Lord said, they know what Pastor Prince says. They know what this speaker says. And we are saved as long as we are teaching the Word of God in its context, but you must know yourself what the Lord said. "Said about what, Pastor Prince"? Now, this is crucial, about what? If you go back to the Old Testament, if you're at Mount Sinai, the Ten Commandments, well, those are not the things to meditate on because we are no longer under the law, we are under grace.
So, what is it about the Lord's Word that is most important to Caleb? All right, "You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea". When you read the Bible, read the Bible to see Jesus, number one, Emmaus Road, things concerning himself. Number two, it's about you and me. It's not just about Israel. If you want to stay young, stay strong, find out what God says about you and me. For example, in Ephesians 1, we have an inheritance mentioned here in Ephesians 1, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with," how many blessing? How many blessing? Every. All is the Old King James, here it's every. Every is more accurate here because it is, it is the Greek word that says all can be just all of one type, all right? But in the Greek, "every" there is actually the word used there is all of different types, of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
That's where we are. We are blessed. Past tense, who has blessed. Past tense, who has blessed. "Hey brother, blessed". Say "blessed" to someone. We are blessed, past tense, with every spiritual blessing. Now, here it comes one by one. "Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy, without blame before Him in love". You know, when God looks at you, you are holy and without blame. Now, Justin is not perfect, but in my eyes, he's without blame. Are you listening? A child can commit a crime but in the eyes of the court, it is he's without blame. Not sinless, all right, but without blame. So, here we go. We are without blame, not because what we do, but because we are in Christ. And the way God sees us is in love, before him in love. God is in love with you. When God looks at you, God looks at you in love.
Smile at somebody and say, "In love". Your eyes gotta do it, your eyes gotta do it. Come on, your eyes gotta in love, amen? Verse 5, "Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will". Here we have it again, amen? Voice for us here, "To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved". Another inheritance that you have is that you are accepted in the Beloved. Accepted is not very strong, all right, because it means accepted. It's more than that, it's the word highly favored, literally highly favored. It's the word charitoo from charis.
Now, charitoo appears only two times in the New Testament. One is over here, "We're all highly favored in the Beloved". And the other time, guess where. Mary, the angel appeared to Mary and said to Mary, "Hail, thou art highly favored," charitoo, "among women". Now, it didn't say above women. You know the difference? You are highly favored among women, not above women. This is what every Jewish girl wished for ever since God pronounced the prophecy, the very first prophecy in the Garden of Eden. God said to the snake, "Satan possessed snake, upon your belly, you shall go, and the seed of the woman will crush your head, and you will crush his heel".
So, from then on, they knew that a woman is gonna bring forth. So, every Jewish girl wanted to be that woman. So, when an angel appeared to Mary, who was probably 14, 15 years old, the angel said, "Hail, you are highly favored among women. Now that same charitoo is yours. You are highly favored in the Beloved". Now, here God could have said, listen, God could have said, "You are highly favored in Christ". But still God feels it's not warm enough. In him, still not warm enough. So, in the courts of heaven when they want to inspire, every word is inspired by God. God says, "You know what? I want them to feel warm when they think of their inheritance. I want them to know that they are highly favored in the beloved Jesus". Who is the Beloved? Jesus, the same Jesus that God says, "You are my beloved Son. In you, I am well pleased".
You are now highly favored in the Beloved, in the Beloved. That's such a warm family word, beloved. Whoa, do you realize you are highly favored in the Beloved? Do you realize that? Do you realize why you sometimes make mistakes and still, especially after you make mistakes, good things happen? But please don't think let's make more mistakes so that more good things will happen. That's called stupidity. But have you ever seen that after your biggest mistake, after your biggest whatever, you find that there's a lot of favor, there's a lot of things? The goodness of God leads us to repentance. We are highly favored in the Beloved, and that's why God says, "Pray for those who persecute you," why? Because they are pursuing God's beloved, God's highly favored beloved. Smile at someone and say, "I'm highly favored. I don't know why, but I'm highly favored". No, you know why, you are in Christ, amen.
Now, go back to the story because I gotta tell you about Caleb, right? Go back to Caleb. Oh, by the way, must give you one more inheritance. Just read that, read the entire Book of Ephesians. Chapter 1 especially tells you the inheritance, but go back to Ephesians 1. I must show you this, drop down. "In him, we have", Another inheritance. "In him we have," and the word have here is in the present active in the Greek, which means echo. The word is echo. Echo can mean passive. Yeah, we have, you know, we have rights in our nation. Yeah, we have, we have the law in our nation that you must not vandalize. We have a muscle man among our pastors, yes. You know, it's like an expression we have. You know, we have. But no, this one is not, it's the same word, echo, but it's the word, let's hold it, have it in your hands.
Hold it, hold fast, present active echo. In him, we actively hold on to the fact that we have redemption through his blood. We have the forgiveness of sins. Don't just have a vague idea about it, some ambiguous idea. Have a, "It's mine. forgiveness of sins is mine. I am a forgiven person, amen". And it's right now, not just for your past sins. No one can dispute this. This is a present tense verse. People should memorize this. In him, we have redemption. What's the redemption? The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Now, according is not out of. You know how forgiven you are? You are forgiven kata, according, not out of.
I can tell you, here, here, here, take something out of this box, all right? I got some goodies for you. It's limited. Out of, if I give you $1 and I have $10 million, I don't have $10 million, okay? If I have $10 million in my savings account, and I give you $1, it is still out of my riches. But if I give you the entire 10, it is according. You know you're forgiven according to the riches of his grace if ever a man can measure the riches of his grace in the first place. That's how forgiving you are. That's why I'm very strong about forgiveness of sins being preached to such an extent that people think that I'm trying to give people license to sin when actually I want people to walk in their inheritance. There's no way you can believe right and live wrong.
Okay, let's go back to Caleb. Caleb, so the first thing he's conscious of is the Word. We are studying, how come Joshua grew old, but Caleb did not. We always have two, two, two to compare, two righteous men, Abraham and Lot. One victorious, one defeated, why? Because although they're righteous by faith, one chose to walk with God. One ate with the Lord, one had fellowship with God, one even, you know, almost like argued with the Lord in intercession. They even laughed about the baby to be born, not with the Lord, but he and his wife. They had familiar interactions and communion with the Lord.
So, are you just happy that you are righteous? Are you gonna enjoy God, live for him? Or you can live in Sodom and still be righteous, but every day he vex his soul, everything he sees. At last, he lost his, his family. In a sense, never lost his daughters, but in another sense, he lost them. You cannot live in a depraved, depraved moral atmosphere and expect your children to thrive. Atmospheres around children is very important. They don't hear God's name being mentioned, they'll fall back on their own efforts, and thinking, and their own mind, how to set things out. They go to the world, the world don't talk about God. The only place is, don't let the Rock Kids or the children's Sunday school teachers be your children's mentors, and be their guide. Parents, take time.
I bought a good book for Justin yesterday, and I took time, even though I felt very tired, i didn't feel like it, it was a thick book, he likes reading now. So, I had to scan through it and bang, I saw a page full of the different gods of Rome during the time of the Roman conquest over Israel. For me, my child has got to learn who is Elijah, who is Jonah, who is Joshua. He start learning all these things, but I bought an expensive, hardcover, very interesting book about the Romans. But that centerpiece spread is enough for me to, not let Justin read it. But who's gonna take time to go through it, right? Someone has to. You do not know what they're imbibing. I didn't see Tall there so I do not know if Tall is there. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord that Joshua served.
Okay, "I was 40 years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart". Forty years old! I learned this when I was 40 years old, or younger than that. This is the time to mark your day. From this day on, I won't grow old. "I was 40 years old," he remembers, you see? He remembered when he stopped growing old, you see? "I was 40 years old when Moses the servant of Lord send me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart".
This is very important, that's why I had it underlined so that you will see it. He brought back word. They all spied out the land, they all saw the big giant walls. They all saw the tall Anakims, the enemies. They saw the land, okay, and they saw the obstacles. They saw the insurmountable walls, but when they came back, the rest of the spies talk about what they saw, the problems they saw. But Caleb and Joshua, Caleb said, "I shared what I saw in my heart". See that? "I brought back word to him as it was in my heart". And you know what he said to them if you look back? It's a very, very good land. He treasured the Lord's words in his heart. "I don't go by what I see, I go by what is in my heart, what God said to me, I treasure that," amen.
How do I know that? Because drop down, "Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I". Let me stop here and just tell you this, okay? The inheritance was in Caleb's, was in Caleb long before Caleb was in the inheritance. Long before you are enjoying it outwardly, you gotta see it inwardly. It was in his heart. Now, I'm not talking about new age visualization here. I'm not talking about that kind of thing. I'm talking about God's Word being in your heart and seeing what God sees for your future or even in your present. Like God sees you highly favored, what do you say? When you look into the mirror, are you going by what you see? Are you going by what other people see about you? Or are you going by what's in your heart? You're highly favored in the Beloved, the Word that God said about you and me, amen. Then he says this, "My other brethren made the people's heart melt". It's all about the heart. "But I wholly followed the Lord my God, I wholly followed the Lord my God".
So, Moses swore on that day saying, "Surely the land where your foot had trodden shall be your inheritance". It's all about inheritance, people. "And your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God". There you have it again. Now, look up here. Caleb isn't talking so much about fighting for new land, he's talking about possessing. Later you hear him talk about his strength for war but still, it's all about possessing. He's saying, "If I need to fight, I got strength to fight, even 85". Watch this, go on. "And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive". Who kept you alive? People, who kept you alive? There are those who have gone, but you are alive. Who kept you alive? You keep yourself alive, your doctor kept you alive, the Lord kept you alive. Unless the Lord built the house, we labor in vain. Unless the Lord is involved in that surgery, the surgery's in vain. The Lord kept you alive. Don't you ever forget that.
The Lord kept me alive, and Caleb knew it. "The Lord kept me alive," as he said again, pointing to God's Word, "These 45 years. Ever since the Lord spoke this Word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old". Now, what is this? "Since the Lord spoke this Word to Moses," what word is that? We just read it, people. Look at the verse before this, verse 9. Go back to verse 9. This the Word. "Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land,'" and it's from God, "'surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance, and your children's forever.'" When he heard that, he stopped growing old. It's about inheritance.
Say, "Lord, let me live long enough to possess all my possessions". Are you listening, people? It's about inheritance. God says the land that you went to spy out, you will step on it. It will belong to you and your children. Now, go down to verse 10. Okay, "Now here I am this day eighty-five years old". Look at this, people. "As yet I am as strong this day, as on the day that Moses sent me". Now, he's not using poetic language because if he's lying, it's a lie. These are people who have received the Ten Commandments. They don't lie. These are leaders of God. He's as strong, "I'm as strong this day as I was the day Moses sent me". That means what? "Forty years, when I was forty years old, my strength," same strength.
And in case you're wondering, spiritual strength, Pastor. He goes on to say, "Just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. This is the daily life. For war, you can't, you can't say this is just spiritual, it is the source is spiritual, but it manifests. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint. Even the youths shall faint and the young man shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. Verse 12, "Now therefore," he told Joshua, "give me this mountain". I love it. That can be a title of a book. Give me this mountain. Eighty-five years old, still strong, still young. His contemporary was advancing and getting old. God never said to Caleb, "Caleb, you're now old," never because Caleb always kept God's Word in his mind.
You see, I'm showing you different types of Christians. I just want to entice you to go for the best. There are those defeated righteous men, victorious righteous men, Abraham and Lot. And now we have two great men, two great men, Joshua and Caleb. But one fought a lot until the time came to him. By the way, he died at a good age, 110 years old. Caleb, there's no record. He says, "Give me this mountain on which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out". As the Lord said in the Hebrew, it's more like not if, since the Lord is with me.
That's the idea, like he knows the Lord has been with him all this while. "I'll drive them out, and Joshua blessed them and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh, as an inheritance". Hebron, Hebron. Eighty-five, he possessed his possession. Eighty-five he possessed his possessions. And, you know, Hebron is the same Hebron that they saw the Anakims there, all right, 'cause you have to pass by there to go up to Jericho. And he says, "I'm gonna possess this place". Until today, Hebron is remembered as a place Kirjath Arba, as a place where Caleb's name is remembered.
I just want to share with you a very short story in the very next chapter, chapter 15, all right? And this is about his daughter, and I'm gonna finish with this, okay? The time came for his daughter to get married. So, I'm putting this challenge also for any young men out there. My daughter is now 19 years old, so Caleb said, "He who attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife". I mentioned Kirjath Sepher just now. Hebron was known as Kirjath Arba, did I mentioned that? Okay, that was right. Okay, now, this is Kirjath Sepher. Kirjath Sepher is a very interesting place. Kirjath is city, Sepher is book, literally Sepher, amen?
A man who writes is called Sepher and Sepher is book, city of the book, city of the book. People, whoever conquers the city of the book, I'll give him my most prized possession, my daughter, right? That's what Caleb said, literally, literally, he's saying he who attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife". Achsah means ankle, anklet like a like a bangle there. It has the idea of your ankle for possession. Even his daughter is always possessing what is hers. Must be a prize catch or else it won't mean anything. It's redundant. So Othniel, the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb took it, and he gave Achsah his daughter as wife".
Othniel means lion of God, lion of God. He took the city of the book. He conquered it, and he became his son-in-law. Listen, it's a picture of Jesus Christ. And I wept much because no one was found worthy to open the book in the Book of Revelation, John wept. And then an angel says, "Don't weep, weep not for behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, Jesus, has prevailed to open the seals of the book". I love the way you see the old, al right, the new in the old. Can you see that? I can see the chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation here. So Othniel became the son-in-law. Man, it's not over yet. Verse 18, "Now it was so, when she came to him, she persuaded him to ask her father for a field".
This girl, Caleb's daughter, is like her father, inherit, inherit, possess, possess. So, now because she's married, she didn't want to come to the father directly. But later on she still... You see, she respectfully asked the husband to ask, so she dismounted from her donkey. "And Caleb said to her, 'What do you wish?' She answered, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.' So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lowest springs". She knew how to ask, she knew she's not satisfied with just land is there, squatters are there, "Ah, I must drive them out". No, "Give me". He gave her the upper springs and the lowest springs.
Let me just tell you about these two springs, them we'll close. In your Christian life, all right, master this book and you'll get the power to possess, your Achsah. And then the book can become very dry. Ask God for the upper spring, the Holy Spirit, and the nether springs, the spring from below. Now, this the inner anointing. The inner anointing teaches you the Word of God. The upper spring is the Spirit upon. Ask for both, amen? The Spirit upon comes and goes. The Spirit upon comes for you to function in something. Like right now, I can feel the spirit on me as I'm preaching, amen, even when the miracles were happening, I feel the Spirit on me. I tell Wendy sometimes, "I just wish it's like that all the time when I go home". When she asked me, "How come you are different when you are". Pauline, you understand what I'm saying, right, right? I tried to explain to her what two springs. No, I didn't talk about springs. I'm gonna use a spring from now on, okay?
So, there's a nether spring, and there's an upper spring. So, the spirit within would never leave you, okay, and anointing abides in you, and the anointing teaches you all things, and it's truth, and it's no lie. And if you follow the anointing, you abide in Jesus, amen. But there's also an upper spring, the spirit on you to do exploits for Jesus, to function in the assignment that he has called you to. How many want to have the best? Among the 12, there was actually 70 disciples following Jesus. At least at one time, you'll see 70, then from 70, you know, we see 12 who are closer to him. Then among the 12, we see there's three that were witnesses to his transfiguration, and raising Lazarus's daughter from the dead. Then out of the three, you have one very close. In fact, he calls himself the disciple whom Jesus loved. It appears only in his own gospel. He practiced that.
And you know how the gospel of John ends? All the four gospels, because Jesus is the king of the Jews, he ends off by giving them, "Go unto all the world and observe all my commandments". Those are commandments of the New Covenant, loving one another and preaching the gospel and believing on his name, right? You find, "Lo, I'm with you always, even to the end of the world". That's how Matthew ends. How does Mark end? The Lord working with them, still in heaven working, amen? How does Luke end? Luke ends with Jesus go all the way to Bethany, bless his disciples, and went up to heaven. So, there's ascension, right? You know how John ends? No ascension, resurrection, but no ascension. You still see Jesus on earth. Why is that so? Because he's God in the gospel of John. He's everywhere.
And you know how gospel of John ends? I love it. I love it. I love it. I must tell you this, okay? Gospel of John ends like this, "This Jesus spoke, signifying but what death Peter will glorify God. When he had spoken this he said to Peter, 'Follow me.' Peter, turn around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved. Who is that? John following. "Who also had leaned on his breast at the supper and said, 'Lord, who is the one who betrays you?' Peter, seeing John said to Jesus, 'But Lord, what about this man?' Jesus said to him, 'If I will, that he remain till I come, what is that to you"? You follow me".
Okay, let me just finish with this, two, two again comparison, all right? One disciple says, "I will go to the end of the earth for you. I will go to prison for you. I'm the one who loves you," that's Peter. The other one says, "Lord, I want to thank you for your love for me. You love me. I'm the disciple whom you love". One boasts of his love for Jesus, the other one boasts of Jesus's love for him. Now we see that the disciple who boasts of his love, Peter, was being told by the Lord, "You follow me". Go back to the earlier verse. "Follow me," Jesus told him. But John don't have to be told to follow, you know why? Peter turned around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following already.
So, the secret of Caleb in wholly following the Lord is actually just being absorbed by the Lord's love for him. If the Lord gives me the land, it's a very, very good land. If the Lord gives me this partner, it's a very, very good partner. If the Lord gives me these children, they are very, very good children because I love the Lord. I know the Lord gives in love. The Lord loves me, that's why I love him. That's the secret. And when you love the Lord, you are not even conscious you are following. But those who boast of their love for the Lord, they have to be told, "You follow me".
And sometimes when I look at other preachers and what they are doing and things happening and all that, I think, am I doing enough? Am I doing, you know? And I feel the Lord telling me, "Son, what is that to you? Whatever they are doing, what is that to you? You follow me". And those are the times when I lose that consciousness that the Lord loves me. I start comparing. But when I know the Lord loves me, I don't have to worry about what people do. I'm not even conscious I'm following him, and that will be your legacy and inheritance as well. And all the people said, amen. God bless you.
Every head bowed, every eye closed all across this place. And friend, if you are here today, you have never made Jesus Christ your personal Savior and Lord, the Bible says, if you confess with your mouth Jesus is your Lord and you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. So, let's pray that prayer right now. I know that you see the light because the gospel has been preached. You see how Christ died for our sins, how he was tortured even before that so that the price for our healing and wholeness is paid. But at the cross, he who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. So, pray this prayer with me right now. And remember this, Jesus is at the Father's right hand right now, hearing your prayer, and he is your high priest.
Father in heaven, I confess Jesus Christ is my Lord, and I believe that you have raised him from the dead. This same Jesus who bore my sins at the cross, you raised from the dead without my sins. He has put them all away. I thank you he's now at your right hand glorified, enthroned as he is, so am I. Baptize and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus's name, I'm saved. I'm forgiven. I'm highly favored. In Jesus's name in the Beloved, amen.
Stand to your feet, children of God. So, the more we address each other as children of God, we are helping each other inherit. The more we have a spirit of Sonship, the more we inherit. The more we call God Father, the more we inherit and inheritance will be unconscious many a times, amen. Lift your hands all across this place. I see family blessings. I'm gonna pronounce this over you right now. You love the Lord because the Lord first loved you. You honor him, you reverence him. He's your God. Therefore, happy shall you be, and you shall eat the labor of your hands. Your wife shall be a fruitful vine in your house. Fruitful vine, God renews her youth and attractiveness like the intoxicating vine.
Your children, they are like olive plants because they're anointed, anointed to break off yokes of immorality and filth that this world is engulfed with. The anointing is on them, and it's on their minds, to keep their minds. They are like olive plants anointed to serve, anointed to make an impact in the kingdom of God. And I thank you, Lord, that you preserve every one of them here, under the sound of my voice, everyone that's watching, Lord, right now, everyone in Grace Revolution Church in Dallas, everyone that's watching this by way of broadcasts. Thank you, Lord, for preserving us from all evil, in Jesus's name, and for keeping us alive by your grace. In Jesus's name, and all the people said, amen, amen. God bless you.